Teaching

Teaching History:

Since 2015, Dr. Shidmehr has been an instructor in the Liberal Arts and 55+ (Continuing Education) program at Simon Fraser University.
Her previous teaching includes teaching in literary workshops in Iranian community in Vancouver and workshops offered at various women’s conferences and literary gatherings of the Iranian diaspora around the world.
She teaches courses on life writing, essay writing, and on history, culture, literature, and cinema of modern Iran. 
Visit her page on the Simon Fraser University website
Courses  Taught:
  • Two Renowned Poets of Modern Iran: Their Lives and Poetry
  • Life Writing: Creating a Self for Our Life Story
  • Life Writing: Exploring and Recreating the Self 
  • Collective Life Writing: Literary Metissage as an Ethos for Our Times
  • Poetry of Immigration 
  • Writing an Essay for the Liberal Arts Certificate 
  • Writing Fundamentals Workshop  
  • Asghar Farhadi and His Cinema: Positive Critiques and Controversies
  • Iranian Women and Their Struggles Portrayed in Film
  • Iranian Women and Their Struggles Portrayed in Film
  • Iranian Women and Their Demands for Change Portrayed in Film
  • Modern Iran through Cinema

LITERARY WORK EXPERIENCE:

Writer-in-Residence Positions: 

  •  At the City of Richmond (October 2017 – November 2017)
  • At Regina Public Library (September 2015-May 2016)

Literary Contest Judge / Jury / Reader Positions: 

  • Judge for the 2016 West End Writers Group Contest
  • Judge for the 2015 Saskatchewan Poetry Society Open Theme Contest
  • Reader for the 2015 CBC Poetry Prize
  • Juror for the 2015 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers